34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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34 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+3
train + subway + train + Fly:  29​h
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
2
Mt. Cook Village
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Whakapapa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
9
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly + foot:  31​h
End: Birmingham

3
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Waiheke Island, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, get your game on at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy, let little ones run wild at Takapuna Beach Playground, and step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Auckland road trip planner .

Birmingham, UK to Auckland is an approximately 29-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or fly. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Birmingham to Auckland due to the time zone difference. In January, Auckland is much warmer than Birmingham - with highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Takapuna Beach Playground, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Get out of town with these interesting Mt. Cook Village side-trips: Fox Glacier (Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier, & more), Lake Tekapo (in Lake Tekapo) and Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef). The adventure continues: hike along Hooker Valley Track, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and stroll through Kea Point Track.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Auckland to Mt. Cook Village. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

4
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Te Anau road trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Wellington online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Zipline, OGO Rotorua, & more). And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stop by Huka Honey Hive, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner .

Fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

4
nights
Whakapapa

Step out of Whakapapa with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi--about 34 minutes away.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Whakapapa route planner .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

3
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip planner .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapiti Island, Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Paihia

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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